Interview With Muza & David Schoenwetter and their latest release”Roots” [LISTEN]


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David Schoenwetter is an American producer and songwriter currently based in New York City. He first began working at legendary NYC analog studio Sear Sound, before leaving to focus on production and songwriting.  Shortly thereafter he moved to Europe, where he became immersed in the international electronic music scene.

Since then he has co-written songs for DJ’s Tom Swoon, Swanky Tunes, Robert Falcon and Mark with a K,
as well as produced a wide variety of music for Warner, BBC, HBO, and many more.

Muza, born Muzahid Abdullah, is an twenty-year old old singer, songwriter, and producer born in Bangladesh and bred in New York City.  His family came from poverty in his native country.  Everyone had very limited resources to survive – let alone opportunities to create any type of music or art.  His father worked incredibly hard to bring his family to New York & they were able to successfully emigrate to the borough of Queens in early 2002.

With a natural singing talent and the inspiration of the world’s most cultural diverse city,
Muza began to practice singing songs at the ripe age of eleven.  He would soon try his hand at writing & began creating full songs as early as thirteen.  Driven by his passion & seemingly endless curiosity, he would go on to learn how to produce his own tracks altogether at the age of fifteen.

STREAM / DOWNLOAD ‘ROOTS’ BY MUZA & DAVID SCHOENWETTER HERE

INTERVIEW WITH MUZA & DAVID SCHOENWETTER

UFO Network – What inspired you to write & produce ‘Roots’?

MUZA – Roots is about people (girl in this case) who forgot their history. Leaving behind the real people that stick with them. And the real memories that made them. In the sense of production we wanted a lot of emotions. Supporting the emotional vocals that I sung

DAVID –  Muza sent me a rough demo of this song and I instantly loved the concept of it and the emotion in the lyrics.  When we sat down to work on the production and finish the writing together, we wanted to inject as much emotion into this as possible, and tried to forget about the “norms” of what you might typically hear in a modern Future Bass track.

UFO Network – Where would be your favorite place to DJ in the World?

MUZA –  I’m not a DJ but if I had to sing in one place probably MSG New York City! Home sweet home!

DAVID –  100% agree with Muza, I’d love to perform at Madison Square Garden here in New York!  It’s such an iconic place and to see myself on that stage would just be a dream come true.

UFO Network  – What single night out has been the most memorable for you as a DJ?

MUZA – As a singer, I’d say performing at the music hall of Williamsburg this far.

DAVID I performed a song with part of my old duo at the main stage at DonauinselFest in Vienna, which is the biggest open air music festival in the world.  Seeing 20,000 people in front of me enjoying my music was definitely one of the biggest rushes I’ve had in my life!

UFO Network – What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJs / Arists making? / What advice would you give to aspiring DJs / Artists?

MUZANever give up! No matter how many rejections and how much negative feedback. If you believe in yourself and your music is good, keep pushing. One song is never enough. Make sure every song is better then the last one! Always be yourself don’t try to be another artist. You should be you. Not the next someone else! I’m only 20 been writing since 10 so it took me 10 years to make good stuff. But I never gave up and never will. 

DAVID I think so much stuff out there sounds the same nowadays, and a lot of people are producing generic sounding music.  I think new producers need to strive to push boundaries and do something different, that’s the only thing that will set you apart at the end of the day.  It’s great to have influences, but you have to connect that with whats inside of you, and use that to create your own sound.

UFO Network – What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?

MUZA – Dash Berlin – Steal You Away this is the song that made me fall in love with EDM! I didn’t know what it was until I heard this track! So thank you Dash Berlin!

DAVID – Coming from a pop background I guess I really appreciate songs that have a well written vocal part.  For me, Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child is probably one of my favorites for that reason.  The combination of John Martin’s voice, with the melody and lyrics, with the energy of the production are just outstanding.  People really connect to it.

UFO Network – How has your experience been with UFO Recordz / UFO Network?
MUZAMy experience with UFO was amazing! Really nice people that care about their artist and want to help in the best way possible. Very professional people working always with a smile. I don’t see how someone can dislike people like them!
DAVID – UFO has been amazing!  They’ve been super responsive and helpful, and have gone out of their way to accommodate us and provide us with as much support as possible.  Some of the nicest label owners I’ve ever talked to
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